It’s That Time Again: DFW Restaurant Week 2016


DFW Restaurant Week will be back in action in less than a month. From Monday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 21 (many restaurants will extend through Aug. 28 or Sept. 4), more than 100 North Texas restaurants will feature special menus, some including paired drinks, for a darn-good deal (and cause).

 

As in years past, you’ll be able to delight in a three-course, prix fixe dinner for $35 or $45 at one of the participating DFW restaurants. A number of restaurants will also offer a $20 lunch option.

 

It’s the perfect opportunity to try a new spot, save on a meal that would normally be a splurge and indulge in some of the best food that local chefs and restaurants have to offer.

 

Click here to view the full list of participating restaurants, their menus, prices, and instructions on how to make a reservation.

 

DFW Restaurant Week supports the North Texas Food Bank in the Dallas area and Lena Pope in Tarrant County, with proceeds from each meal benefiting the charities’ work to help local children and families in need.

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/30-11/2)


DFW Weekend Round Up (10/30-11/2)

While Halloween is certainly the highlight of this weekend, we understand that not everyone indulges in this spooky holiday. So, we’re giving you options for all kinds of other activities as well as providing the best lists of Halloween events written up by other DFW experts.

 

If you’re looking for more food & drink centric activities, we have a full list here.

 

Thursday, Oct. 30:

AIA Dallas Tour Of Homes: If you didn’t get a ticket to the Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour last weekend, now is your chance to get a look at more of the incredible homes Dallas has to offer. This year’s tour includes nine of the most architecturally significant homes in the area, including the Peavy home near White Rock Lake that was constructed using 14 shipping containers. The premiere party is Thursday and tours take place Friday and Saturday.

 

Decks in the Park: Tonight marks the last night of this fun series at Klyde Warren Park. DJ’s Paradise, Souljah, Nick Van House, Willie Trimmer, and Colly T will all take the stage.

 

An Evening with Garrison Keillor: The NPR icon will be in Fort Worth for a rare solo performance at Bass Performance Hall.

 

Nick Swardson: You’ll recognize this actor/comedian from many of Adam Sandler’s films including “Grandma’s Boy” and “Just Go With It,” but he’s been a stand-up comedian for more than 20 years. Get in on the laughs at the Majestic Theatre.

 

Friday, Oct. 31:

Salt-n-Pepa: The Grammy Award-winning artists will perform live at The Rustic. You’ll remember them for 90’s classic hits like “Shoop,” “Push It,”Whatta Man” and more.

 

Slipknot: If you’re not into Halloween but you are into heavy metal, you’re in luck. They’ll take the stage for this season’s final concert at Gexa along with Korn and King 810.

 

Saturday, Nov. 1:

Chive Fest 2014: Country star Jake Owen is the headliner of this year’s event held at Southfork Ranch. From 1 to 11pm, jam out with the largest gathering in Dallas to date.

 

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight: Each year, the Tony Award-winning actor adds and edits material in the famous show that he’s been performing across the country since 1954. Join him for a night of “funny stuff” and “serious matters” at Bass Performance Hall.

 

TEDxSMU: Great minds are coming to Dallas City Performance Hall for this year’s Ted lectures. The theme is “Strangely Familiar” and features music and dance, robots and big data that take you from prisons in Africa to the super-bugs in our own backyard.

 

All Weekend:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum through November 26. There will also be a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts, Cinderella’s Carriage and more.

 

Halloween Events:

Costumer Parties: Check out this list for where to be for the best costume parties in D-FW.

 

Haunted Houses: This list gives you the scoop on all kinds of haunted houses happening around town.

 

Other Fun: Here’s a list filled with more options including movies, concerts, kid-friendly fun, pet-friendly fun and more.

 

Image via Klyde Warren Park Facebook

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/9-10/12)


DFW Weekend Round Up (10/9-10/12)

Wow, this weekend is packed with amazing opportunities to immerse yourself in DFW culture and activities. From live music to a dog parade, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Thursday, Oct. 9:

Jack Ingram at The Rustic: The Rustic and Leukemia Texas present the Beat Leukemia Concert For A Cure featuring Jack Ingram. This free event also celebrates the 1 year anniversary of The Rustic opening in Uptown Dallas!

 

Thrift Studio: This “not-like-any-other-thrift-store thrift store” is having its kick-off party tonight. Thrift Studio is a bi-annual, 30-day, pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell With Dignity through selling donated furniture, housewares, accessories and high-end designer finds to the public.

 

Sam Smith: If you turned on the radio this year, you’ve heard Smith‘s huge hits “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One.” Tonight, catch him live at House of Blues Dallas.

 

Patio Sessions: The series at Sammons Park continues tonight with Luke Wade, the Fort Worth native on NBC’s The Voice, his band No Civilians, and opener Kirk Thurmond. The show is free and there will be food trucks from 6-9pm.

 

Music Thursday: Tonight’s features in the Klyde Warren Park’s Set List on the Green are The Counselor and the Capitalist, The Ackermans, and Marcella.

 

Dallas VideoFest: The 27th year of Dallas VideoFest is underway. It began Wednesday and runs through Oct. 19 in various venues across DFW including Alamo Drafthouse and South Dallas Cultural Center. There will be approximately 125 screenings of local, regional and internationally produced media art programs this year.

 

State Fair of Texas: The 2014 fair season is in full swing. Check out all the fun that continues in the third weekend including pig races, the auto show, fried foods, rides and more. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.

 

Market After Dark: Every Thursday, experience The Shed at Dallas Farmers Market, which is open late for drinks and shopping from 6 to 9pm.

 

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum through November 26. There will also be a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts, Cinderella’s Carriage and more.

 

Friday, Oct. 10:

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the late composer and EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony Award) winner and his impressive 50-year career with three concerts Friday through Sunday. Stars like Donna McKechnie and Jodi Benson will join the orchestra at Bass Performance Hall.

 

Saturday, Oct. 11:

Breakaway Music Festival: Southside Ballroom is hosting a night of music featuring Adventure Club, DVBBS, EDX and more. Doors open at 5 p.m.

 

Ringo Starr: This former Beatles member will take the stage at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie with his All-Starr Band. It’s been 44 years since the Beatles broke up, but Starr is still rocking out.

 

BarktoberFest: Celebrate fall and man’s best friend at Frisco Commons Park with a dog parade, costume and trick contests, pet adoption opportunities and more.

 

Red River Rivalry: Big game this weekend. The Red River Rivalry is on Saturday. Now, maybe you’re a Texas fan, maybe you’re an Oklahoma fan- either way, it’s going to be a big day.

 

Sunday, Oct. 12:

Cowboys at Seahawks: In week six, the ‘boys will take on the Seattle Seahawks, last year’s Superbowl champs, on Sunday at 3:25pm. We’re 4 and 1 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

 

Southwest Airlines Freedom to Fly: If you’ve been living under a rock in DFW, you may not know that Southwest Airlines is finally allowed to add new non-stop destinations beginning Monday, Oct. 13. Join them on Sunday in celebrating the end of the Wright Amendment that’s been holding them back at Klyde Warren Park for a free party featuring Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Jack Ingram, Robert Earl Keen and more.

 

Image via Patio Sessions

D-FW Weekend Round Up (10/2-10/5)


D-FW Weekend Round Up (10/2-10/5)

Live music is the name of the game this weekend in D-FW. When you’re not enjoying that, take time to get outside and enjoy the gorgeous fall weather forecasted for this weekend!

 

Katy Perry: Tonight, Thursday, October 2, and Friday, Oct. 3, Katy Perry is performing at American Airlines Center with opener Tegan and Sara.

 

Music Thursday: Tonight’s feature in the Klyde Warren Park’s JazzMasters Set is The Funky Knuckles.

 

The Molly Ringwalds: The Dallas Arboretum is hosting a “Cool Thursdays Concert Series” featuring live music near White Rock Lake. Tonight’s band plays all the classics from the 80’s.

 

Zac Brown Band: Friday, Oct. 3, the country music band takes the stage at Gexa with opener Ryan Kinder.

 

Natalie Cole: Known for her beautiful soul/R&B style, as well as for her connection to father Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole will serenade audiences Friday night at Winspear Opera House.

 

So You Think You Can Dance Tour: The top ten finalists and winner, Ricky Ubeda, of Season 11 will perform at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie on Friday.

 

Fall for the Arts: Klyde Warren Park is hosting a day celebrating the arts on Saturday, Oct. 4 featuring live performances and exhibits. Participants include Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Lone Star Circus and more.

 

Nasher/Target First Saturdays: As with the first Saturday of every month, this Saturday promises a day of fun for the whole family at the Nasher Sculpture Center. This month’s theme is “Creatures.” There will be activities, artist demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, family tours, yoga in the garden and more.

 

Dallas Mavericks Fan Jam: Get excited for the upcoming season at the Mavs’ annual Fan Jam at American Airlines Center. The preseason officially starts Oct. 7, but on Saturday you can sign up for season tickets, meet players and get autographs, watch an open practice and more.

 

Southlake Oktoberfest: The 13th-annual festival features a weekend of live entertainment including “wiener-dog” races, authentic German food and drinks, a sports zone, and a children’s play area. To top it off, admission and parking are free!

 

Cowboys vs. Texans: In week five, the ‘boys will take on the Houston Texans at home at noon on Sunday, Oct 5. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV. If you have tickets, bring the noise!

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through Sunday, this is the last weekend that attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

State Fair of Texas: The 2014 fair season is in full swing. Check out all the fun that continues in the second weekend including pig races, the auto show, fried foods, rides and more. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.

 

Image via Katy Perry Facebook

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/25-9/28)


There’s no doubt, the return of the State Fair of Texas and the Sunday night game between the Cowboys and the Saints are the major highlights this weekend in DFW. But, when you have time to squeeze in some more fun, check out the live music, theater, and social events that are also taking place during this beautiful fall weekend.

 

Samurai Collection Happy Hour: If you’ve ever ventured up the stairs at Saint Ann, you’ve noticed the mini museum and samurai collection. If you’ve ever wanted a look beyond the glass, tonight’s your lucky night. The restaurant is hosting a guided tour and happy hour from 6 to 7pm.

 

Music Thursday: This week Klyde Warren Park continues to feature emerging stars in Jazz, with Spenser Lizst & Sky Window. Catch them tonight live on the lawn.

 

Rocky Horror Show: Four decades after its Broadway premiere, this hilarious show has taken the city by storm at Wyly Theater. The production promises to be wickedly wayward and will run through October 19.

 

Rapunzel Rapunzel: Dallas Children’s Theater is putting a country-pop spin on the classic tale that will delight guests of all ages. Check out the production, which has afternoon and night shows, until October 26.

 

Index Fest: If you’re a fan of Indie music, Deep Ellum is the place to be from Friday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 28. More than 90 bands will perform over the weekend on indoor and outdoor stages. There will be a mix of well-known and up-and-coming bands like Local Natives, Ryan Bingham, Mutemath, Dawes and more.

 

State Fair of Texas: It’s back tomorrow! Take on signature corn dogs, this year’s fried foods, and everything else amazing that comes along with the State Fair experience from Sept. 26 to Oct. 19. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: These rock legends are nearing their 40th anniversary as a band! They’ll be at American Airlines Center on Friday to treat you to all of the classic favorites including “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” Special guest Steve Winwood will also be there.

 

Sara Evans: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents one of country’s most popular singers in a special concert at Bass Performance Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27. She’s made her mark over the past 20 years with hits like “Born to Fly” and “Suds in the Bucket.”

 

Fort Worth Day in the District: On Saturday, nine cultural destinations will offer free admission and many of Fort Worth’s cultural organizations will offer free performances in and around each destination. This is the 9th annual Day in the District and it will run from 10am to 5pm with free transportation provided.

 

Fall Light Farms: Celebrate the beginning of fall with a day of family fun at Celina’s Light Farms on Saturday. Beginning at 4pm, there will be lawn games, burgers, and live music. You can even tour the model homes in the community.

 

Good Morning, Vietnam: In honor of the recent passing of comedian/actor/star Robert Williams, there will be a free Sunset Screening of Good Morning, Vietnam, arguably one of his greatest performances, at Annette Strauss Square on Sunday.

 

Cowboys vs. Saints: In week four, the ‘boys will take on the New Orleans Saints in a Sunday night game at home at 7:30pm. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV. If you have tickets, bring the noise!

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

Farmers Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the many farmer’s markets over the long weekend.

 

If you’re looking for food & beverage events to fill your weekend, click here

It’s About That Time Again: Restaurant Week 2014


D-FW Restaurant Week will be back in action again in less than month. From Monday, August 11 to Sunday, August 17, more than 100 restaurants in North Texas will feature special menus, some including paired drinks, for one week only.

 

It’s the perfect opportunity to try a new spot, save on a meal that would normally be a splurge, and indulge in some of the best that local chefs and restaurants have to offer.

 

New this year is the First Course Kick Off Party, which takes place Thursday, August 7 at Fair Park. There will be live music, circus performers, chef demos, and food and drink tastings.

 

If you haven’t participated in the event before, do yourself a favor and try it out. Be swift though, reservations will go fast! Click here for the full list of restaurants, reservations, and prices.

 

Image via dfw.cbslocal.com

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This week in food & beverage news

Another week in D-FW, another list of awesome events to try to squeeze onto your calendar. This week is filled with boozy dinners, free ice-cream, and a free outdoor movie! Plus, we’ve got some news about exciting restaurant openings and one sad closing.

 

Events:

Grapes & Grease Dinner: Bird Cafe is hosting a four-course dinner in downtown Fort Worth with fried food and bubbly beverages. The event begins at 5 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 18.

 

Blind Me, Wine Me Dinner: A blind wine tasting and a fabulous dinner will be provided with the help of sommelier Ryan Tedder, Moet Hennessey wines, and Chef Blaine Staniford. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 and will be held at Grace in Fort Worth.

 

Brew & View: The Design District Market is hosting a night filled with food, beer, wine, and an outdoor movie. The free event takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, and features the 1953 film “The Wild One.”

 

Ice Cream Social: Slow Food Dallas and Garden Cafe are teaming up to support a new collaboration between Slow Food and Skyline High School’s culinary department. This event, which was recently rescheduled, will be help from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 20.

 

Dallas Wine Opener: Sip wines from domestic and international wineries, sample food from tasting stations, and give to silent and live auctions all in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Held by Variant Commercial Real Estate, this event takes place Friday night and also includes live music.

 

20th Annual Pajama Party: Say it with us, free ice cream! Saturday, June 21, wear your pajamas to Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream and you’ll get one free quart of delicious homemade ice cream. All of the servers will be cancer survivors and all tips will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

 

Best Little Brewfest in Texas: Head to Old Town Lewisville Saturday at 3 p.m. for all kinds of beer, from local craft beers to international ones. Food from local restaurants and food trucks as well as live music will be there to accompany your day of beer.

 

News:

Hopdoddy Uptown: It’s just the second branch in Dallas, but the success of this growing burger joint is obvious. The newest location on McKinney Ave. is always packed and serving up delicious burgers, salads, and shakes. A third branch in Addison will open this summer.

 

Snap Kitchen: Jumping on the healthy, fast food bandwagon, this Austin-based concept will open four stores in Dallas by winter. The Snider Plaza and Uptown locations will open this summer with Preston Royal Village and Knox-Henderson spots following in the Fall. Think gluten-free, paleo, and eco-friendly to-go.

 

Jakes Hamburgers: The popular burger bar has closed down its Addison branch, the fourth D-FW branch to see its service come to an end. Never fear, you can still find your favorites in Frisco, Grapevine, Lake Highlands, Uptown, Fort Worth, and Henderson.

 

Image via Snap Kitchen Facebook

D-FW Weekend Round Up


Your Weekend in D-FW

Well D-FW residents, it looks like we’re finally going to get a nice weekend! If you haven’t noticed, the last few weeks have been full of sunny, gorgeous weekdays and dreary weekends, but we might finally catch a break. If you’re looking for something to eat, drink, or see during this beautiful weekend, check out this list of happenings around D-FW.

 

Marc Cohn: This folk rocker, best know for his hit “Walking in Memphis,” will be playing at The Kessler tonight, Thursday, March 27.

 

Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival: This four-day festival begins tonight, Thursday, March 27, with the kick-off at Billy Bob’s Texas. Friday is the Grand TastingSip & Savor runs Saturday and Sunday, and the Culinary Plaza in Sundance Square takes place on Saturday, too. You’ll eat and drink your way through some of Texas’ most famous food, beer, and wine!

 

The Barber of Seville: Presented by the Dallas Opera, this show will close out the 2013-2014 opera season. Celebrated as one of the most popular operas of all time, this comedy will run at Winspear Opera House starting March 28 and going until April 13.

 

Chelsea Handler: The infamous talkshow host and comedian will have you laughing all night you with her signature sarcasm and witty banter. Catch the show on Friday, March 28 at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.

 

2014 Spring Celebration: Klyde Warren Park is putting on an day-long celebration of Spring just in time for the warmer temperatures on Saturday, March 29. There will be live music, a petting zoo, and other family-friendly events.

 

Betsey Johnson: Get your chance to meet this unique fashion designer when she makes a personal appearance at Dillard’s NorthPark to promote her line and sign autographs on Saturday, March 29.

Coppell Farmers Market: Open this Saturday, March 29, the market will be stocked with all kinds of greens, root vegetables, and even soil, so that you can grow your own market-quality food at home. See all the farmers markets open this weekend here.

 

Dallas Blooms: Take advantage of the lovely weather this weekend and stop by Dallas Blooms. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny day and you can grab some food and drink at one of the many great local White Rock spots nearby.

 

Texas Pinball Festival: Love pinball? You’re in for a treat and some serious competition from March 28 to March 30 with more than 400 models of vintage and modern machines. They’re all free to play and the event is open to all ages.

 

New Food for Rangers Fans: The opening series for the 2014 season of Texas Rangers baseball is Monday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 2, during which the Rangers will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. This new season is bound to be an exciting one, but so is the food that fans will be able to indulge in during the season. New to the menu is Bacon on a Stick, which will run you $7 for a maple glazed dipped strip of bacon on a stick. Also new is the Choomongous, named for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. It’s a two-foot-long barbecue sandwich served with spicy slaw and Sriracha mayo. 16-ounce cups of Frozen Beer are new to the list as well, helping fans beat the heat for just $7.75 a cup.

 

Photo via fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com